10 questions to ask if you are scrutinising domestic violence

Posted on 01/01/2014 by Ed Hammond. Tags: , ,

Domestic violenceis a complex issue. A large number of partners are involved, which jointly and separately commission a wide range of services from providers –services including advocacy for victims, more general victim support, refuge provision, and support and assistance relating to housing, education and general healthcare (and mental health).

The inherent complexity of the subject matter, and the fact that it cuts across many different conventional policy areas, makes it a topic where scrutiny can add real value. Scrutiny can identify gaps in provision or poor links in cross-partnership relationships –it can attempt to identify and resolve conflicting priorities being worked on by different bodies.  Unpicking these difficult questions is something with which scrutiny can assist.

About the Author: Ed Hammond

Ed leads CfGS's work on devolution, transformation and on support to councils and other public bodies on governance and accountability.